Faces at the Races | Canadian National AX Tour | Sarnia Round 1
By Jeff McConkey
Foreword by Billy Rainford
Photos by Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
With the 2016 Canadian National AX Tour getting underway this past Saturday night, it gave us the chance to wander the Hiawatha Horse Park pits and the stands with our cameras and catch people doing what they do best…being themselves.
Catching people at their most relaxed is kind of what ‘Faces at the Races’ is all about. Here’s a look at some of the people from a great night in Sarnia, Ontario.
It was great to see Dan Trico back at the track after a very scary day at Motopark.
Family is always close by with the Wards. Distant future meets near future.
It was nice to see some fresh faces in the intermediate class.
Austin Haught finished 8th in AX Pro and 11th in the Clash For Cash.
GDR Honda’s Justin Petker was a busy guy getting a 450 and 250f ready for Colton Facciotti’s last-minute decision to race.
Colton showed up to race only days after the birth of his second child, a daughter named Kamryn.
The Anderson clan dipped their toes into Pro racing.
Donk was the man behind the beautiful 101 machine. Man, did it ever sound great!
Nice to see local Pros Bennet Amyotte and Justin Roney out there racing.
This is Timothy Patterson. He rides a Yamaha and finished 13th in AX Pro and 15th in AX Lites. That is all I know about Timothy.
#12 Steven Mages and #955 Michael Smith made the trip to Sarnia.
Chloe Metcalfe flashing the deuces.
Not the prettiest 30 second board girl, but we’ve seen worse.
Kassie Boone and Breanna Rose were all smiles despite the injuries. Heal up soon, ladies.
Wes Wrozyna got quite the scare when oldest son, Westen, absolutely ate it in the whoops. But to be honest, Wes was more worried about what wife Divina got on the pizza.
Two hard working lads, Dan Beaton and Billy Mullen.
Chris Blose was quiet but serious all night long. He looked very impressive.
Here’s Colton wondering how much of the winnings he actually gets to keep. Diapers are expensive.
American Steven Mages showed up with some serious indoor skills.
Kyle Thompson wears his sun glasses at night.
It wont be long until an 85cc kid will be holding Cameron Wrozyna’s bike.
I finally got Cale Foster smiling!
Austin Watling and father, Stephen, make a pretty good team.
And how about that boy band flow from “The Fab 3” member.
Some of the great people behind Austin Watling.
We hope to see Daymon Goold back on the track in 2017.
Can position is everything.
I don’t think there is anything that Brock Leitner’s mom doesn’t do.
Steve Simms is a busy man at the track.
Young Keagan Facciotti is going to be trouble on and off the track.
A dad’s job is never done. This really could be the cover shot for “Amateur Moto Parent Monthly” magazine.
Sam Gaynor is a name to remember. Watch for him in 2017.
I don’t think I have ever seen Kassie smile as much as I have in 2016.
Chloe Metcalfe heads into Round 2 leading the Ladies Class.
Who doesn’t want to be on a Tailgating Episode?
Steven Mages could steal some wins in Barrie.
Brock Leitner rocking the #5 and some fresh threads.
Brock will be putting in double time this week to improve on his Round 1 results.
Logan Karnow made the drive up from Ohio and slammed his way around the main events.
Not to be outdone by his teammate, Kyle Swanson ran into his fair share of riders Saturday night. The two PR-MX riders are prepping for East Coast SX in ’17.
Chris Blose was all business in Sarnia.
Arizona native Blose was doing anything he could to warm up.
The 559 of Jake Jones finished 14th in AX Lites.
B-Mul was all business in Sarnia
“The Fab 3.” Yeah, it’s going to stick.
Justin Roney has made the switch to Alpinestars gear for 2017.
“The Fab 3” boy band or the future of Canadian moto? Your call.
Fox Canada’s Jay Moore had Colt looking good, like always.
Watch for the PR-MX team this winter in East Coast SX.
If anyone can pull it off, it’s Kyle.
This guy is always having fun.
Bennet Amyotte has taken his love for Wendy’s to an all new level.
Westen Wrozyna had the speed, but the whoops (or, oops) bit him late in practice.
Quin Amyotte looking good after sitting out most of the summer due to 2 broken wrists.
Drew Roberts was a spectator in Sarnia. He’s still recovering from shoulder surgery.
It’s a family effort with the Leitners.
Kyle is all smiles and loving his new home.
Congrats on the new Rockstar deal, Marco Cannella.
Ontario moto is in good hands.
Not far behind the “Fab 3” is young Jake Trico, sitting here with mom, Wendy.
Keep your eye on the #527.
See you at the races…